Friday, January 25, 2008

Daily Digest January 25, 2008



Manley panel not told of change to detainee policy
Committee only learned of military's halt to transfers when documents filed in Federal Court this week
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080125.wmanley25/BNStory/Front

Forces kept Ottawa in the dark on detainees
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080125.wmanleyopposition25/BNStory/Afghanistan/home

Lawyers say applying Charter rights in Afghanistan would violate sovereignty
http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5jwyJ6OYWUXfozZ646Ts5KlWQRIHA

Ottawa stumbles over transfer of Afghan prisoners
http://ca.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idCAN2248709020080125

PMO 'lied' about Afghan prisoner transfers: Dion
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080125/detainees_folo_080125/20080125?hub=TopStories

PMO backtracks on detainees
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080125.wharperafghan0125/BNStory/Afghanistan/home

Ottawa feared Taliban would exploit detainee policy change
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=261091

Tories need to be open on Afghanistan
Detainee issue a perfect example
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=054db318-80bb-476e-928d-9502e317bca5&k=11751

Gospel according to John
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/columnists/story.html?id=c044c78c-b1af-4782-9532-9481539ba816

Thank you, John Manley and Co.
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/columnists/story.html?id=19323693-cdf3-40ba-942f-fcb1e4af02a1

Manley report fails to justify our risky role in Afghanistan
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/columnists/story.html?id=afd149b3-13bc-45ca-a4e8-210fc1b1d8f9

It's Harper's job to explain this dangerous mission
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=8b1c6154-22bb-497a-88a6-8df96d510818

Harper's unwise Afghan blackout
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/297237

We've heard a lot of this before
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Harris_Michael/2008/01/25/4792696.html

Decision on Afghan detainees catches allies off guard
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/297384

Marines not a solution to Canada's troop woes
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/297360


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.

EDITORIALs

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Are we seeing a U-turn on patronage?
The recent appointments of two high-profile Liberals only feed the suspicion that patronage is still
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=101742&sc=103

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - The Gaza conundrum
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1033985.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Our troops are soldiers, not jailers
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=d64cbb71-d304-4df0-b55d-acbe583f8614

        Let Dion be Dion
         http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=e66c559d-6fac-4853-a3a2-af9a266c81d5

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Prisoner's dilemma
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=f222535a-fe50-4a92-b294-05786016ad5e

TORONTO STAR - Harper's unwise Afghan blackout
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/297237

TORONTO SUN - Let open courts be the rule
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2008/01/25/4792611.html

WINDSOR STAR - Afghanistan
Selling the mission's merits
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=5b7a7369-28ce-4574-ae5a-572fe487917e

SUDBURY STAR - The Manley dilemma; He offers an Afghan compromise that all sides can live with
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=873436&auth=Den+Tandt%2c+Michael

        A free and fair trade deal for Ontario
         http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=873437

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - A system for patients
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4114342p-4709941c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Converting food to fuel threatens global stability
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=4ed911f3-c2e9-425c-93c8-656379cd2437

CALGARY HERALD - Elizabeth May's big blunder
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=5810f6df-5422-4c65-8c10-e401a8f33ea3

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Little change in policy climate
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=cff1af44-c04d-4903-9cf0-a69ec79f871c

         Canada's fiscal good fortune
         http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=80927438-094e-493b-af2d-0f374e8fb7c1

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - A new push to the right
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_9564.php


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Video: Kevin Libin talks about the Rethinking the Reserve
Post writer Kevin Libin explores some of the issues surrounding Canada's troubled native reserves
http://www.nationalpost.com/multimedia/video/player.html?videos=Rethinking


CANADIAN FORCES
Optimism turns to gloom in Karzai's hometown
Surge in bloodshed viewed as beginning of bigger war
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080125.wafghankandahar25/BNStory/Afghanistan/home

The British have made matters worse, says Afghan President
http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/DAE720C058330216872573DB005615BC?OpenDocument

UK rejects Karzai troops criticism
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7209257.stm

US Afghan poppy drive a 'failure'
A former US ambassador to the United Nations has criticised President George Bush's attempts to eradicate the opium poppy fields in Afghanistan.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7206205.stm

Taliban wield the ax ahead of new battle
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JA24Df03.html

Black turbans rebound
http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/EDAD1FD2ABEB798A872573DB0056F7E6?OpenDocument

Afghan deaths blamed on U.S.
http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/B6D45467CB808250872573DB00553410?OpenDocument


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Gomery lawyers urge court not intervene in inquiry issue
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/politics/story.html?id=0857c841-87ba-48bc-ad1a-07bc029ffe4b&k=26879

Terror trial delay angers judge
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=74d217e2-2605-4b06-a9e3-42a9b8050110


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Alberta green plan puts PM 'on the spot'
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=17724817-200a-4cd3-a315-ccb72b5ca3a6&k=17355


POLITICS
'What is right' will decide Afghan mission: Harper
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=264212

Harper says economy's fundamentals strong
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/297526

No need to independently review firing of nuclear w
atchdog, Lunn says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080125.NUKES25/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Comment: It's been two years, what will Stephen Harper do next?
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=264251

Leadership approach laid bare
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/297383

Liberals agree with Tories that UN anti-racism conference a 'political circus'
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2008/01/23/4789282-cp.html

Greens to hold national convention in Nova Scotia
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2008/01/25/greens-ns.html

Green party leader blames bad press release, Tories for woes
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=5a46a1ae-894b-42da-9ef7-f73c4ca91e68

Greens show they're not ready for power
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/columnists/story.html?id=fbc5849c-f36b-4f08-9996-c3718e250217

Mulroney tax records may be subpoenaed as committee chair talks tough
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=17724817-200a-4cd3-a315-ccb72b5ca3a6&k=17355

Ex-Mulroney chief of staff to tell MPs about cash at 24 Sussex
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cyberpresse.ca%2Farticle%2F20080125%2FCPACTUALITES%2F80124294%2F1025%2FCPACTUALITES&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8


PROGRAMMES
Ottawa running healthy $6.7-billion surplus
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=263998

Prentice hints that Ford plant is eligible for federal aid
Says shuttered Windsor facility may qualify under hardship fund if Ontario agrees
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080125.wrprentice25/BNStory/Business/home


PRESSURE POINTS
Change more than bulbs: Gore
http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/297381


OPINION AND INFORMATION
It's time to protect the unborn victims of crime
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=1dff818a-813f-4c55-831a-c2b722e85ed1

Adhering to a faith does not make one a fanatic
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=43248dfd-3457-49ce-8eb5-7290b4fdb597


INFOS

Révélations explosives attendues
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/01/25/003-Spector-Mulroney-argent.shtml

Le flou persiste
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/01/25/001-prisonniers_afghans.shtml

Harper s'encense
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/01/25/001-bilan_Harper_2ans.shtml

Affrontement Québec-Ottawa
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Economie-Affaires/2008/01/25/004-Charest-Flaherty2.shtml

Des jeunes en faveur de la mission
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/ottawa/2008/01/25/002-afghanistan-mission_n.shtml

Du comptant au 24, promenade Sussex
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080125/CPACTUALITES/80124294/1025/CPACTUALITES

Le Parti vert tiendra son congrès en Nouvelle-Écosse
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080125/CPACTUALITES/80125263/1025/CPACTUALITES

L'économie devient la nouvelle arme de Harper
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080125/CPACTUALITES/80125209/1025/CPACTUALITES

Les révélations sur Mulroney font saliver l'opposition
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080125/CPACTUALITES/80125187/1025/CPACTUALITES

Détenus afghans: la version du gouvernement Harper démentie
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080125/CPACTUALITES/80125201/5846/CPACTUALITES

Le Canada a demandé d'aller à Kandahar
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/01/26/173438.html

Le gouvernement Charest hésite à vLe gouvernement Charest hésite à venir en aide aux soldats réservistes
enir en aide aux soldats réservistes
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080125/N012587AU.html

Accusations de Flaherty sur le fardeau fiscal: Charest contre-attaque
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080125/N0125114AU.html


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Subject: Half Truth: Truth or Untruth?

        "Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive"  Is this saying or aphorism or whatever it may be applicable to the
        detainee question?  To other questions?
        
        Is half truth closer to truth or untruth? Three articles were sent out to columnists today relating to this question.  The third article is well
        worth looking at for the pictures used as illustrations.
        
        A Letter to the Editor, the National Media thing and the Digest over the last 13 hours leaves me ready for the weekend away from all this
        creative stuff.
        
        Back at you on Monday, all things being equal.

            Joe
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To: "joe hueglin, daily digest" <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
From: alan heisey <hize@earthlink.net>
Subject: j this first item in the last earthworm should be your up of tea! cz

Publisher comments

"Permission-based" email??

Your correspondent was thrilled to receive just before Xmas an email 
from somewhere in the Ottawa headquarters an email inviting me to:

"Click here to watch the Prime Minister's Christmas message", a 
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very first time I had had any such contact directly from the chief!

But then followed, in somewhat smaller type, a somewhat puzzling notice:
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Never having been asked to give permission to receiv e email from 
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Whew, says I, publisher of a zillion emails to thousands of 
individuals with never a thought thet I might be committing "abuse"!

This, little chillun, is a classic illustration of how many 
professional communicators are being tied up in knots about what and 
how they may communicate via email with total strangers!
If you receive unsolicited mailing pieces through the post office, as 
you probably have through your adult life, reflect on how the clearly 
easier form of communicating by email is being hobbled by the ersatz 
concept of having to have permission before you email anybody 
anything!!!!

In practice, of course, separate, formal permission is not being 
sought in advance, but rather by the curious and elaborate  format 
now intruding between my prime minister and me about whether or not 
he has secured permission in advance!

(He hasn't, the party hasn't. and there may be a need to have joining 
the party and listing your email address being taken as giving 
permission to get whatever the party chooses to send you! Hideously 
elaborate, but where the privacy nutbars, taking a lead from old 
Europe, apparently, would have us all go!)

One great advantage of email compared to direct mail is that one can 
choke off unsolicited items - the notorious spam - by sending back 
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It also makes eminent good sense to avoid mis-directing email 
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Unfortunately, the concept of getting permission is plugging up all 
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excuse to not send out what ought to be sent out.
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is incredible fearfulness about having your email address available 
except where you can control it, or someone else can control it for 
you. Thus email addresses for our own local electoral district 
associations are viewed as totally private, meaning only the eda 
president can authorize (control) mailings or party h.q., hobbling - 
no, totally blocking -  all outbound communications except those with 
the above approvals.

That is why I have deliberately listed all email addresses for 
recipients of "earthworm" with every batch I send out.  In this 
censorious environment I repeat those specific exemptions to the 
federal privacy legislation detailed in the act:

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To: National Media <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
Subject: Half Truth: Truth or Untruth?
Bcc: RADIO 2, TV, Z-NEW


Did the Government know or not know about the change in handling detainees? Are Canadians being fully informed or living in a penumbra?

Whether half truth is closer to truth or untruth is subjective. The following deal with half truths, you judge to which they are closer.

Please inform me by writing REMOVE in the "Subject:" line of a return post should you choose not to receive posts of this nature in the future.

Joe Hueglin


In the article "Ex-Tory staffer behind pro-mission group" http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=64bb930f-bbc8-41ac-adbd-ed4862e863a5 Josh McJannett, a former Conservative staffer, now quasi-lobbyist is ia quoted as having saying "he was on the steering committee" of a group, "Canadians for Afghanistan" that held a press conference yesterday. "On the steering committee", yes but also acting in this capacity, spokesman contacting an Afghan paper "Our main objective is to garner public support in Canada for our Afghan mission, Josh McJannett, executive director, Canadians for Afghanistan, told Pajhwok Afghan News.", http://www.pajhwak.com/viewstory.asp?lng=eng&id=48540

As far as Canadians are led to believe Canada refused to join the U.S-led war in Iraq. True in that there are no "boots on the ground" as in Afghanistan but do these involvements make the perception were left with a half truth? "The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has helped train more than 30,000 Iraqi security forces in neighbouring Jordan, and has had top level advisors operating within the Iraqi interior ministry. As well, Canadian frigates continue to operate alongside the U.S. aircraft carriers in the Arabian Gulf that are a primary staging platform for bombing raids in Iraq." These and that "Canadian General Takes Senior Command Role in Iraq " http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7897

•Canadian troops are promoting democracy in Afghanistan •Canada refused to join the U.S-led war in Iraq •Canada said "no" to the U.S. missile defence program.
http://coat.ncf.ca/Slides/3in1/002.htm An excellent presentation with which you may agree or disagree.

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